The decades-long decline of the bluefin tuna has reached a stop-the-presses moment: The European Union has ordered its member nations to stop reeling them in for the rest of the year. That may seem like a positive step toward saving the species, but it comes because the union’s fishing fleets have already caught their quota … Continue reading Ready for Life Without Bluefin Tuna?
From the Marine Fish Conservation Network:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2007 WASHINGTON – September 24 – A plan to put substantially more fishing observers under direct industry control precludes independent monitoring and saps protections for shrinking fish populations, endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). … Continue reading NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing
10 Solutions to Save the Oceanby Ali Kriscenski on September 26th, 2007 Many of us struggle with an awareness that the world’s oceans are threatened but often wonder what we, as individuals, can do. The oceans are vast, mysterious and complex. Even those who study them will never run out of new discoveries or understanding. … Continue reading 10 Solutions to Save the Ocean
All natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them are urged to sign-on to the following scientists’ statement regarding the reauthorization of the United States’ Coral Reef Conservation Act. This statement is an open letter to Congress intended to garner support for the strongest … Continue reading Scientists’ statement on the reauthorization of the US Coral Reef Conservation Act
On the heals of one of the most significant marine conservation science stories this year – the role of sharks- in maintaining healthy ecosystems, a bunch of bone heads kill a 1,000+ pound Mako for grins – shameful. http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/2793
The hydrozoa Benthocodon (image from http://www.thedeepbook.org/). March 15 – publication of The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian (University of Chicago Press). Great for underwater photo buffs, deep sea enthusiasts, and funders. Get your copy while they last on Amazon. See also the deep book web site.
There’s a new series on the Discovery Channel called Planet Earth. It should be some of the most dramatic nature footage you have ever seen, and it’s in high definition. It was made by the same people that made the Blue Planet series, so I am expecting great things. The first episode is this Sunday … Continue reading Planet Earth
Image credit University of Washington Didn’t Batman have one of these? I want one for Christmas. With a wingspan 20 feet across the XRay autonomously glides through the water collecting data for scientific modeling of oceanographic systems. The XRay was tested in MontereyBay earlier this year. Expect schools of robot fish and other autonomous marine … Continue reading The dawn of a new age of undersea research
After surviving 20 million years, China’s goddess of the river is driven to extinction By Clifford Coonan in Beijing Published: 18 December 2006 For 20 million years, the white-fin dolphin, or baiji, swam China’s longest river, the Yangtze. But a few years of breakneck development, overfishing and a massive increase in shipping have reduced sightings … Continue reading China's freshwater dolphin driven to extinction
Please Let It Be Whale Vomit, Not Just Sea Junk Photo: Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times If conserving the creatures that live in the ocean doesn’t appeal to you (or more likely, someone else you know) on the basis of biodiversity, cancer cures, tourism dollars or aesthetic value, maybe COLD HARD CASH … Continue reading Whale Vomit